Josie, six year old, Bertha, six years old, Sophie, 10 years old, all
shuck regularly. Maggioni Canning Co. Location: Port Royal, South Carolina, Lewis Hine, Febraury 1911.
This is one of about 20 photos Hine took at this little hamlet in the
South Carolina "low country." His photos of little children in the seafood packing places were among his
most heartwrenching. With only their first names to go on, I was unable to positively identify any of these girls
in the 1910 census. I managed to get the photo published in a Port Royal-area newspaper, but no one recognized
any of them.
Subsequently, I learned that most children who worked at this place were Polish and Bohemian immigrants
who lived most of the year in Baltimore, Maryland, and worked in southern fish canneries in the winter. I was unable to interest
the Baltimore Sun in publishing the photo.
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